Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Baby by Karen A. Wyle

Four Stars
"Whether you're male or female, it makes you think."

First of all, I think the author did an injustice by revealing too much in the book's product description. Instead of being stumped and trying to unravel the mystery, the reader knows what's going on from the very beginning. There could have been a lot of shock value if it were not for this. However, the story is written very well, which helps make up for this drawback. Being a father who has lost a child and is currently raising another (a seven-month-old boy), I can certainly relate to this story. Anyone who has lost a loved one or been a parent, whether you're male or female, can likely make an attachment as well. I have to admit, though, that taking the viewpoint of the wife/mother (in this case Ellie) is a much more effective route. Imagine losing your husband and giving birth to his clone. I won't give away too much, but Ellie faces some interesting dilemmas in this regard. It makes you wonder just how far you'd go to bring back someone you love. Overall, I found this story to be unique, thought-provoking, and even creepy. The book is currently available for free, and I would definitely recommend it.


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